Across the world, demand-side management is being used to support the integration of renewable energy sources into the power system, reduce the need for expensive power plants and network infrastructure and improve the quality and affordability of electricity.

The Victorian Government is supporting greater demand-side management in our energy system by investing in innovative trials and pilots, removing barriers to rewarding consumers for supporting the energy system, and laying the foundations for a thriving demand side management market.

The Victorian Government has partnered with Distribution Network System Providers to introduce demand-side management activities across the state.

View Victoria's network performance and reliability achievements 2018-19 (PDF, 1.7 MB)

Power Changers demand management trial

Over the 2017/18 summer the Victorian Government, in partnership with electricity distributor Jemena, trialled new and smarter ways for consumers to manage their energy use, save money and deliver benefits to their community.

The Power Changers pilot encouraged participants to make small changes to how and when they use electricity, with participating households on average reducing their energy consumption by up to 35 per cent at peak times during summer.

This was enabled by leveraging Victoria’s smart meters, supported by an interactive app and web portal which provided participants with personalised energy saving tips, activities and prizes for reducing their energy use or shifting when they use energy outside peak network times.

More than 600 households took part in the pilot across Alphington, Craigieburn, Eaglemont, East Ivanhoe, Fairfield and Ivanhoe, with participants earning points that could be converted into gift cards or donated to support local schools and community organisations. At the end of the pilot $35,000 was raised for local community groups and schools with a further $19,000 in gift cards awarded.

Fairfield Primary School students receiving funds raised from households

This pilot is a great example of the Victorian Government partnering with industry to help consumers save money on their bills, while also exploring how to better manage growing demand on the electricity network, which reduces the need for costly infrastructure investment in the long run.

For more information, please read the Power Changers demand management pilot final report.

Page last updated: 01/07/19